Angels, Mike Trout To Discuss Multiyear Deal

The Angels and Mike Trout will enter negotiations about a multiyear contract this spring with the hopes that a deal will be reached shortly after Opening Day, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.  Since Trout is still a year away from arbitration eligibility, the Halos could renew his contract for slightly more than the league minimum (as they did last year, with some controversy), though Trout would get a lot more money in his pocket immediately due to a signing bonus from a new extension.

Though the Angels control Trout through the 2017 season, an extension would give them some cost certainty through his three arbitration years, which seem likely to reach record levels.  The Halos would surely look to cover at least a couple of Trout's free agent years in an extension, and agent Craig Landis of LSW Baseball could easily ask for at least $25MM for each of his client's free agent years.

The financial terms are mind-boggling for a 22-year-old player who has only 336 Major League games to his name, yet Trout's performance has justified such an inflated price tag.  Trout hit .324/.416/.560 with 57 homers in 2012-13, and factoring in his speed (82 steals in 94 attempts) and outfield defense, Trout has accounted for a league-best 20.8 WAR in that span, according to Baseball Reference.  If Trout and the Angels are looking for an extension in the range of nine or 10 seasons, such a deal could quite possibly eclipse Alex Rodriguez's 10-year, $275MM contract with the Yankees as the most expensive contract in baseball history.


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131 Comments on "Angels, Mike Trout To Discuss Multiyear Deal"


DoctorPayne
1 year 5 months ago

He gon’ get PAID.

Muhamed Mashkulli
1 year 5 months ago

Dont do it Trout, wait till FA where the the Yankees will be waiting to drown you in money

Cris
1 year 5 months ago

The insane aspect is he is going to get paid soon… and then in 8-10 years he’ll be 30-32 years old and primed for any even BIGGER contract.

Paul Shailor
1 year 5 months ago

ala kershaw. Dude will be 32 when is contract expires.

Metsfan93
1 year 5 months ago

I don’t know about even bigger. But still another 100+ MM deal. If Trout signs away five FA years and his remaining four years of control, that’s probably something in the neighborhood of 8/210 or so (54 MM for control at 3/10/17/24 and then 31 a year for 5 FA years). He hits FA after his age-30 campaign under this scenario, and is probably still in line for a 25+ MM AAV deal for 5 or 6 years if his play continues. My only worry is that debuting young might catch up to him earlier, giving him an enhanced injury risk in his 30s.

Jose Ochoa
1 year 5 months ago

Why wait when the angels can make him the highest paid player in mlb

godzillacub
1 year 5 months ago

Not going to happen while they still have 4 years of team control and dramatically suppressed prices due to arbitration.

jwsox
1 year 5 months ago

His arb will get expensive very very very fast. He has the Roy, MVP votes, power numbers, stolen bases, batting average. All things arb panels LOVE! I wouldn’t be surprised to see him hit 10 million by his second year in arb. Third at the latest

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 5 months ago

He’ll hit 10 MM in year 1!

Jason Andrew Martin
1 year 5 months ago

It won’t be dramatically suppressed when he becomes arbitration eligible. He will at least get 15 million in his first year of arbitration, and then more in his remaining two. It would be prudent for the Angels to lock him up this season, because if they let Trout hit arbitration, it becomes less likely that he’ll sign before free agency. He’d rather take the big bucks during arbitration, and then get the biggest contract in history in free agency.

Anthony Hughes
1 year 5 months ago

He’s not getting $15MM in his first year of arb. That’s not the way it works. He may not even get that much in his second year. The arb record isn’t even $20MM and that is in a player’s last arb year. I realize he’s going to set new records, but let’s be realistic.

Collateral96
1 year 5 months ago

I’d love for that to happen but even if its not the yankees I don’t see him staying with that team he’s definitely going to go to another team that’s not in anaheim.

MB923
1 year 5 months ago

This is why other fan bases hate us

1 year 5 months ago

Don’t worry, we’re starting to hate the Dodgers, too.

MB923
1 year 5 months ago

Yeah but there’s a crosstown and part of the Freeway Series rival. You had other reasons to dislike them before the Dodgers became a spending spree as well. Much like how Met fans for the most part always hated the Yankees, even well before the 2000 WS.

Wainwrights_Curveball
1 year 5 months ago

10 years 280 million. He’s worth it.

phillies1102
1 year 5 months ago

Dare I say that would be below his value?

rikersbeard
1 year 5 months ago

Definitely below what he is worth on the open market. It is tougher to determine if you factor in the suppression on his salary given the arbitration process.

godzillacub
1 year 5 months ago

This. Even pulling down the 5 million OVER each record arbitration year he’d only make 54 million over the next four years if Trout went year to year.

It’ suppresses the cost dramatically to this deal probably looking a lot less like the 10/280 and a lot more like a 6/120-7/150 deal where the Angels buy out two years of free agency and Trout signs his big deal at 28/29.

Brandon Mason
1 year 5 months ago

He’s Worth MORE.

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 5 months ago

But you have to tack on another $100m for not giving him a larger raise before the 2013 season, just because.

$3513744
1 year 5 months ago

500MM

BitLocker
1 year 5 months ago

I hope trout doesn’t sign an extension.

Jose Ochoa
1 year 5 months ago

It’s going to happen

Cris
1 year 5 months ago

There is no way that doesn’t happen.

rikersbeard
1 year 5 months ago

Why is it so inevitable?

Cris
1 year 5 months ago

Angels have too much to lose and anyone is one injury away from never taking another swing of the bat again. He is four full seasons from Free Agency and won’t turn down a 8-10 year deal at 25-28 mill a year. This positions himself at age 30 or 32 to be right in line for another insanely large contract.

pft2
1 year 5 months ago

If he is smart he looks for more years and puts in an optout, but its hard to not lock up that money on the table. Lets face it, most of it he is never going to spend in his lifetime. Just leave it for the kids in a trust so they can squander it

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 5 months ago

Yeah, good call on the opt out. Maybe age 27 season

Jose Ochoa
1 year 5 months ago

Why because hes young and could get hurt anytime, money talks and hes not gonna take the risk of not securing his future

Curt Green
1 year 5 months ago

I agree. How competitive are the Angles going to be in the next few years? I don’t think the Angles know how to construct a winning team based on the last couple of years. Sure, lots of money but that means nothing with no pitching or team chemistry.

Cliff Lau
1 year 5 months ago

Perhaps a seven year contract extension so there’s financial security now…and hit free agency again before he turns thirty?

pft2
1 year 5 months ago

15 years, 400 million with an optout after 10 years

And 320 million in the first 10 years, last 5 years at 80 million

LazerTown
1 year 5 months ago

I think that is an insane amount of risk to put in one player. You are going $125M over any contract ever,

pft2
1 year 5 months ago

He is 22 with the greatest start to a career of any baseball player in history. In terms of AAV its not much more than Arod got 6 years ago, so in nominal dollars the AAV is less. Arod was 10 years older.

I would not give it for a pitcher, but position players are less of a risk, and his youth makes him very insurable.

Monk81
1 year 5 months ago

My guess is 10 years $350 mil, opt out after 7 years, $120 mil remaining on the last three years.

Whatever the deal is, it’s going to be uncharted territory…

pft2
1 year 5 months ago

I don’t go there if I am the Angels. That’s only 3 free agent years (if 2014 is counted as 1 yr). He likely only gets 50 million in his 3 arb years. If only 10 years I would not think he would get an optout.

But you are right, it will break some records

LowcountryJoe
1 year 5 months ago

It’s an internet message board and not actually the money belonging to the person making the comment…what do you expect?

NYBravosFan10
1 year 5 months ago

The New Jersey Devils tried something like that with Ilya Kovalchuck I believe and the NHL shot it down. I would Bud Selig would do the same.

Phillies_Aces35
1 year 5 months ago

I really hope he doesn’t sign an extension that buys out free agent years, I want to see him play in a Phillies uniform before he’s 37.

Jose Ochoa
1 year 5 months ago

It’s just sad how many people don’t want him to sign and get what he’s worth…. He’s going to do what’s best for him and his family and sign a major contract with the angels deal with it

pft2
1 year 5 months ago

Lets be real, nobody is really worth that kind of dough. I remember when Yaz signed a 3 year deal for 500K (total, not per year), and my grandfather wailed every morning that he made more money than the President and should never make an out for that kind of money

Jose Ochoa
1 year 5 months ago

Hes not worth 300 mill but hes going to get somewhat in that range thats just sports.I just dont get people saying dont sign an extension.

pft2
1 year 5 months ago

All extensions will buy out free agent years, that’s the whole point of them from the teams perspective

Phillies_Aces35
1 year 5 months ago

No they all don’t. Some are intended to give cost certainty.

NYBravosFan10
1 year 5 months ago

No thanks, I’m good keeping him in the AL West and not having to face him 19 times a year.

phillies1102
1 year 5 months ago

2 years, $9 million tops. The talent is there, but the name is too fishy.

(Lets see how many people think I’m serious)

kungfucampby
1 year 5 months ago

He will be MLB’s first $300MM man and he’s worth every single penny.

LowcountryJoe
1 year 5 months ago

He’ll be worth every single penny until his skill level fades.

Eslva917
1 year 5 months ago

20 years 1 billion

NYBravosFan10
1 year 5 months ago

cashman would do it

1 year 5 months ago

Nice, rounded numbers. I’m down.

rikersbeard
1 year 5 months ago

I’m not sure they are talking a major decade length extension. They might just be looking to cover some arbitration years.

Paul Shailor
1 year 5 months ago

I dont know why he would even entertain a long term deal. Salaries are already becoming ridiculous, just imagine how much he will command in 4 years.

Nick Sossamon
1 year 5 months ago

Because players aren’t invincible? Yeah he could take the chance that he’ll put up MVP numbers for 4 more years, or he could pull a Matt Kemp and be one injury away from mediocrity.

There’s no way he turns down a $250M+ deal.

Anthony Hughes
1 year 5 months ago

I wouldn’t either. I agree with this totally. Kemp is guaranteed $160MM from that extension and who knows if he will ever be the same again. Granted, Trout is better than Kemp was, but Kemp was pretty darn good. What if Trout runs full-speed into the wall trying to make a catch, tears his rotator cuff, and needs surgery and is never quite the same? You just don’t know. If somebody is offering you crazy money, you have to take it. The Padres’ Cory Luebke was smart enough to have signed what looked like a team-friendly 4 year-$12MM extension prior to last season. Guess what? He had TJ surgery last year and now it’s been announced that he has to have a second TJ surgery. If the guy doesn’t sign that deal, he’s being renewed for the MLB minimum and it wouldn’t be out of the question that the team would just outright release him (the Angels did that with Jose Arredondo). If he can never pitch again, the guy has $12MM coming to him and you can live on that for the rest of your life.

Paul Shailor
1 year 5 months ago

Ellsbury just got 7/153 and has had one season that is even in the same ballpark as trout. Even if he falls off with the power his speed/defense alone which are superior to els will get him at least that much. So lets say he breaks his leg, tears his acl, and comes back in his final year of arb and puts up a close to all star season, he will still get 200 mill easily.

jacks81x
1 year 5 months ago

If I’m Trout’s agent, I’d play hardball with the Angels. If they want him to sign a multi-year deal that covers his first couple years FA years, then be prepared to pay him $30m a year. Otherwise have fun in arbitration where he’s going to get $20m+ anyway and then he can hit FA at age 26.

LazerTown
1 year 5 months ago

He won’t get $20M in first 2 years of arbitration. His agent really has to be looking for $25M+ aav for any free agent seasons though. Maybe they buy out arb/2 free agent years at $100M?

jacks81x
1 year 5 months ago

I think he’ll come close. You can make the argument that his first 2 years are the greatest first 2 years of any MLB player in the history of the game. I believe Ryan Howard holds the record for 1st year arbitration at $10m. I’d be surprised if Trout doesn’t get at least $15m in his first arb year and then closer to $20m in his second arb year.

A 26-yr old stud FA is a rarity nowadays. I think his agent will take full advantage of that and incite a bidding war on Trout on the open market. There’s really no reason to give up 2 prime FA years unless the Angels absolutely blow them out of the water with an offer they can’t refuse.

bjsguess
1 year 5 months ago

Ryan Howard’s first two years were better than Trout’s when it comes to arbitration. Howard had a 313 AB / 425 OBP / 58 HR / 149 RBI season. Trout isn’t close in those stats. And those stats are what arbiters look at.

I completely agree that Trout has been the better player but arbitration does not reward for positional differences, defense or base-running (or at least not the same as it does for AVG/OBP/HR/RBI’s).

jacks81x
1 year 5 months ago

Well, I guess we’ll see how this plays out. I am surprised though that those are the only numbers that the arbitrators look at, as that’s hardly indicative of the value of the player.

I have to say though, outside of HRs and RBIs, Trout’s BA and OBP are comparable to Howard’s. Trout averaged .324 BA and .415 OBP in his first two years. Then in almost all the other numbers he destroys Howard’s. The guy has a 20.1 WAR in his first two years, which is simply mind-boggling.

LazerTown
1 year 5 months ago

Right, but does he have what pays in arbitration. Howard was coming off a 47 hr season, and had a 58 hr season prior. Arbitration is an old school process. They like RBIs HRs, and care less about defense, and obp.

jacks81x
1 year 5 months ago

That’s a shame that the arbitration process is so archaic. HRs and RBI’s are hardly indicative of the value of a player. Trout is by far the better player, in every important sabermetric category.

Paul Shailor
1 year 5 months ago

This team gave gave a “32” year old pujols 240 million. No figure would surprise me, heck even a 15 year 400 million wouldnt surprise me. That 10 year deal they gave to a 36 year old trumps anything.

John Doe
1 year 5 months ago

Wow. Trout will easily be the biggest earner in baseball history.

Kevin
1 year 5 months ago

Based on how poorly that team performs, the rather stark lack of offense, and almost no farm system whatsoever, I can’t imagine Trout actually wants to stay there, especially in the “its going to get worse before it gets better” years. Anything more than four years (the Halos’ remaining team control anyway) would be bad in my opinion. He’s currently set to his FA for his age 26 season. Talk about buying the prime of the best player in baseball. It’s scary to think 10 years 350 mill would probably be considerable. At the very least it would be the biggest contract in history.

Nick Sossamon
1 year 5 months ago

Stark lack of offense? They were 5th in MLB last year in runs and are projected 2nd in offense this season by many behind Boston. Teams capable of a top five payroll don’t usually have to deal with years and years of mediocrity either. There’s a lot of worse places to be than Anaheim, I’m sure he knows that.

RyanWKrol
1 year 5 months ago

Looking ahead, the Angels will have plenty of flexibility after 2016. If they don’y turn it around by then, the way it looks right now they can reshuffle the deck then and focus on building around Trout. I’m pretty sure Dipoto will lay that out for Trout.

Jose Ochoa
1 year 5 months ago

In a few years once wells,weaver, hamilton are gone the angels will have alot of money to spend with trout signed long tern

paulie_bird_brain
1 year 5 months ago

Trout will be the highest paid player in baseball, it’ll be amazing. Staggering figures. The first year Arb. figures are already coo-coo.

So ballpark Machado or Harper (Boras)…

bjsguess
1 year 5 months ago

He will not be the highest paid player in baseball if he does a deal that covers pre-arb and arb years.

Rob Black
1 year 5 months ago

They almost have to go as cheap as they can for now because of the Pujols and Hamilton contracts. Wonder if the Angels can trade one of those contracts to free up some money. If not, in a few years they will be paying 3 players 75 million a season. Ouch.

Tko11
1 year 5 months ago

Not sure how they would trade Hamilton or Pujols without eating most of the salary or including a prospect in the deal which they are low on. If they have to pay most of the salary anyway, is there really any point in trading them?

Cristian Alejandro Riega
1 year 5 months ago

Agreed, and as a team in win-now mode, they would definitely miss the production of one of those two.

RyanWKrol
1 year 5 months ago

The expiring contracts of Vernon Wells and Joe Blanton will free up about $27 million. The contracts they should move are Kendrick and Aybar. That’s an additional $17 that could be used for pitching, with young controllable players like Grant Green up the middle instead. That’s $44 million that could go to pitching, some raises, and Trout.

Anthony Hughes
1 year 5 months ago

You want them to have gaping holes at BOTH shortstop and second base? I can see moving one, but both? Now you are scrambling to fill two hugely important positions where you have above-average players there. And they still don’t have the type of frontline starting pitching you need, and I also don’t love their bullpen (though you can assemble a good bullpen relatively quickly). Not that I trust Mike Butcher with anything pitching-related.

bjsguess
1 year 5 months ago

Their best prospect can cover one of the two positions. They can find a filler for the other.

And $44M in freed up money is nothing to sneeze at. That would potentially buy you Garza/Santana/Jimenez this offseason (not that I would advocate those signings).

Anthony Hughes
1 year 5 months ago

And you have no guarantee of any production whatsoever at SS and 2B on the big league club for who knows how long.

Nick Sossamon
1 year 5 months ago

The only really major FA obligation they’ll be burdened with in the future is Pujols. Hamilton will be off the books by the time Trout even hits his free agent years, and Wells and a lot of other contracts are expiring as well in the next few seasons.

People act like these contracts are going to hamper Anaheim for decades or something. The Angels are capable of having a payroll near the $200M range if necessary; they aren’t exactly hurting for cashflow.

RyanWKrol
1 year 5 months ago

And I’m sure they can absorb Pujols’ future salaries. When breaking down a $150 million dollar payroll (in 2014), subtracting Pujols’ salary still leaves $110 million. No reason whatsoever why the Angels can’t put together a more well balanced roster in the future, especially after 2016. I wonder how much higher the luxury tax threshold will be by then.

NYBravosFan10
1 year 5 months ago

Well when it comes to money he’s definitely gonna be a big fish…yeah that was horrible but I couldn’t resist

DerekJeterDan
1 year 5 months ago

Sometimes you just gotta make puns for the halibut.

1 year 5 months ago

I’d find it hard to believe he’d get $300M after two years of experience, though he’d easily get it if he was closer to free agency. I think something around 8-10 years and $200-250M would be more realistic at this point. If he gets a fat signing bonus (say, $10M), makes about $1M in 2014, and around $60M in arbitration he’ll be at about $70-75M for first four years. Assuming he makes at least $25M for his free agent years would make it around 8-years/$175M to 10-years/$225M which seems a low. Paying $30M for free agent seasons after just two years at the MLB-level doesn’t seem like a huge discount and wouldn’t make much sense for the Angels to go anywhere past that threshold at this point. He’d still make around $200M-$250M on that AAV of $30M. If he gets hurt in his arbitration years and/or his production wanes they’d be footing a massive bill, and if he plays like 2012-13 for the next four years he probably wouldn’t get THAT much more than around $35M AAV, albeit that would yield a contract of at least $280M over 8-years. The discount would likely not be worth that risk at over $30M for those last 4-6 years given his low service time

Shueb Baafe
1 year 5 months ago

Would you rather wait till he’s 33 then pay him 300 million when he’s old and washed up? No! Even tho he has very low service time, he’s proven as a great superstar player. Now it’s your job to lock him up. If a 32 year old washed up pujols gets 240 mill. A young talented 22 year old Trout, with all his great years in front of him, should get between 270- 330 million

1 year 5 months ago

But if he goes year-to-year in arbitration, he won’t make anything near $30M AAV over the next four years. I agree you want him for his prime years, but signing him as if he were a free agent already is ridiculous. Paying him $270M for ten years right now would be paying him in the neighborhood of $35-40M for six free agent seasons. Despite all this tv money and what inflation may be in four years, he may not get that AAV for free agent seasons if he hits the market after 2017. Also, if you sign a guy years before free agency, it comes at a discount, which 10/$270M would not be with two years of service time. I’m sure 10/$270M would be a steal if he were a free agent, but the Angels would be shooting themselves in the foot and every franchise trying to lock up superstars in the future

Shueb Baafe
1 year 5 months ago

But the angels and trout both know he’s 3 years away (remember he wont get a contract before the season starts because they’re waiting for the wells/blanton deal to expire). for getting 400 million. So if you’re the angels and u want to keep him from paying him 40 mill a year or having him leave you, you have to offer him a historic contract but at the same time isnt too big that’ll destroy any chance of building around him. Giving him 10 year 280 million after the season would be such a huge bargain. 28 AVV for 7 free agent years when he could get 40+ mill. Which is the whole point. You may have to pay him way more than what you could pay him in arb. but you still get a lot of FA years at a reasonable price.

1 year 5 months ago

But what people on this board don’t seem to understand is that 10/$280M right now only means an AAV of $28M for the whole deal. He has one pre-arbitration year left, followed by three arbitration years. Even if he shatters records, which he should, he will absolutely not make more than $60M over the next four years. Even if he gets a gigantic signing bonus, that would leave six years and over $200M left. That means the angels would be paying over $33M AAV for free agent years, which would be a record AAV. You don’t set record-breaking AAV on a preemptive deal with a player who has two years under his belt. Now if that $28M AAV doesn’t kick in until his final six years of a ten year deal, that’s more understandable (though still not a very big discount), but would result in a contract worth less than $250M for sure, probably even below $230M. It’s not as simple as setting an AAV below market-value because he’s not on the market.

Shueb Baafe
1 year 5 months ago

I see what you getting at but this is my point of view.

1. only the AAV counts towards the luxury tax so it doesnt matter how much money he’s making in arbitration years and free agent years.

2. I get he’s not going to get 60 million over 4 years but he’ll get pretty close. If he has a similiar year to those last 2 years, he’ll get (according to fox sports’ ken rosenthal) 13-16-21 in his arb years. Thats 50 million in 3 arb years + 600K in 2014. Why wouldnt Trout take that then head to FA and get 400 mill?

3. Giving him 280 million would such a bargain because he can get more than 120 mill in FA. Doesnt matter how you split it in arb + free agent years.
4. They actually dont have a pre-arb on him because they have to wait to for the blanton/wells deal to expire which eliminates that pre-arb.
5. 280 mill for 10 years. split like this.
2015- 15 mill
2016- 19 mill
2017- 21 mill
2018- 29 mill
2019- 30 mill
2020- 30 mill
2021- 31 mill
2022- 32 mill
2023- 35 mill
2024- 38 mill.

bjsguess
1 year 5 months ago

Washed up Pujols? The guy had averaged over 7 WAR for about a decade. In his “down” year – dealing with nagging injuries – he hit 299/366/541 with 37 HR’s. His first season with the Angels – still dealing with nagging injuries – that washed up guy knocked 30 bombs while playing half his game in Angels stadium.

jwsox
1 year 5 months ago

10 years 200 million. That’s where trout and his people. Should start. Be a free agent at 32. Assuming health he could still get a monster deal after that.

Monk81
1 year 5 months ago

If the Halos offered Trout 10/200, they’d be laughed out of the room.

bjsguess
1 year 5 months ago

Monk – you do realize that Trout is set to earn $500k this year. And his next 3 years would be worth maybe $45M (that would be a record amount for arbitration. I don’t think that 6/$155M is a laughable amount of money. That’s $26M AAV – just slightly behind Kershaw and Trout has 3 years less service time.

Any agent that laughs a deal like that out of the room should be fired.

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 5 months ago

They should probably start at least double that. 10/$200 is where the Angels should start.

1 year 5 months ago

He only has two years of service time. Even if he made an AAV of $30M for his three arbitration years (which is completely ludicrous) that’s still over $50M AAV for his free agent years. He could break $300M in two or three years, but he could only approach $400M in some kind of crazy 12-year-or-more pact down the road

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 5 months ago

It’s negotiating. You always start high, unless you’re Jered Weaver.

1 year 5 months ago

10/$400M is more laughable than Cano getting $300M. Now if the market keeps inflating with all this extra money, maybe they can use that as a lofty goal in four years of he’s on the market. But with a year of league-minimum eligibility and three arbitration years left, $300M would be unobtainable to begin with, let alone $400M

bjsguess
1 year 5 months ago

People are insane on this board.

Trout is not a FA. Trout is not even arbitration eligible. Trout can only negotiate with one team.

To even suggest 10/$400M is beyond absurd. He really would become the laughing stock of baseball.

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 5 months ago

Anybody in the world is worth what the market says they’re worth. In the case of Cano, he IS worth $240M (edit) because the Mariners said so by writing a check. Whether you think it’s laughable or not means nothing. And if I were Trout and my agent wanted to start negotiating at 10/$200M, I would fire him immediately.

1 year 5 months ago

Cano is worth $240, a big difference from $300M, and that was Seattle paying a premium because they are perhaps the least appealing team for free agent hitters right now. Trout should start higher than 10/200, I’m not disputing that, but starting anywhere near 10/400 at this point will lead the angels to say “yeah right, call us when you guys are serious.” He’d be very lucky to get 10/240 right now

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 5 months ago

Yeah, I meant to say $240M. Saw your $300M and didn’t think twice.

Anthony Hughes
1 year 5 months ago

Yeah you’re right. After this year, his 3 arb years could pay him maybe a total of $40MM or so (he’ll break records), and then you have to value his free agent years at probably $35MM if he hit the open market. However, if you give a guy long-term security, especially for as young as he is, the guy has to take a discount in exchange for the security. So let’s say his free agent years in a hypothetical extension are worth $30MM a year. Say you buy out 5 free agency years. That’s $150MM plus the $40MM for the 3 arb years. That’s an 8 year, $190MM extension, and he hits free agency again at age 30. Or, Trout can bank on his talent, elect to not take an extension, and then when he has another couple of years of outstanding play on his resume, he can negotiate for that crazy $300MM type of contract.